Culture and Entertainment

From museums to historical sites, nature trails to festivals, there is something in Orange County for everyone to enjoy. Through the joint efforts and support of residents, city and county leaders, and local organizations, Orange County has become the premier cultural destination of Southeast Texas.

The renowned Frances Ann Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts is a central part of the Orange community and the largest performing arts center from Houston, Texas, to Jacksonville, Florida. It opened in 1980 with a performance by Liberace and since then has featured only world class Broadway musicals, music stars, and international sensations.

Of course, part of what makes Orange County such a unique setting is the incredible scenery. The county is home to a variety of scenic, serene retreats, from the award-winning Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center to nature trails, campgrounds, and fishing spots that allow the public to interact with the natural world. One such highlight is the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, which offers some of the finest bird watching in the country. 

Before your show at the theater, or after your stroll through the gardens, be sure to visit a preferred attraction in Orange County, Free State CellarsEstablished over 35 vintages ago, the estate vineyard features both black and bronze muscadine grapes. The vineyard was built in 1984 and covers seven acres with over 1,000 vines. The muscadine varieties, Noble (black grapes for red wines) and Magnolia (bronze grapes for white wines) are both known for their delicious flavors. Immerse yourself in Free State Cellars by exploring the wine selection, enjoying playful flavors from the Free State Kitchens, kicking back with an espresso, or strolling the banks of our beautiful bayou.

There is a reason professional anglers, and amateurs alike, return to Orange County waterways to perfect their angling talents. Orange County is making a name for itself  for producing some of the biggest crowds at professional fishing tournaments. B.A.S.S. and others have regularly scheduled the Sabine River in Orange, Texas, for tournaments that turn out thousands of local sportsmen and visitors from across the country. A family friendly festival accomapnies the tournaments and includes free concerts and carnival fare. 

Looking for adventure? A visit to Southeast Texas would not be as memorable without a trip down the bayou. Swamp and River Tours, and Dragon Lady Airboats, are sure to provide you with the thrill you seek. Visit a site once inhabited by cannibals, and travel into a swamp tunnel. Soaring eagles can be spotted taking care of their nests, and wild alligators soak up the sun. Experience the exceptional fishing opportunities and book a half day airboat charter that includes a scenic and exciting airboat ride, stopping off at fishing spots along the way.

Its world-class facilities may draw you here, but its charming community will make you never want to leave. Explore Orange County, Texas, today and experience the best in culture and community.

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